After Nightfall by A.J. Banner

After Nightfall

Beware of friends with secrets…Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff.Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be cele...

Details After Nightfall

TitleAfter Nightfall
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews After Nightfall

  • Meredith
    After Nightfall is a decent mystery with a solid twist. When Marissa and Nathan throw an engagement dinner party, things don’t go as planned. Lauren, Marissa’s former childhood best friend, continuously flirts with Nathan, even though her husband Jensen is present. Making things worse, upon accepting Nathan’s proposal, Nathan’s 9-year-old daughter is visibly upset, as is his sister-in-law, Hedra. When Lauren abruptly leaves the party, sh...
  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    Secrets, secrets are no fun… How well do we know those we consider closest to us? Our friends, our partner, our family… Do we really know their secrets? Can we tell if they are keeping something from us, or does our love for them blind us to the lies? Would we know if we were betrayed? Would we survive it?This is my first book by A. J. Banner and I really love the way she writes! Her characters are very rich and developed. They feel like peop...
  • Debra
    4.5 StarsMarissa Parlette appears to have it all in the beginning of this book. She is happy, has a good job and is in love. She and her fiancé, Nathan are hosting a dinner party to celebrate their engagement. Among the guest are Marissa's childhood best friend, Lauren and her husband, Jensen. Lauren betrayed Marissa years ago in college and recently has been attempting to reconcile with Marissa and rekindle their friendship. But if she wants to...
  • Holly B
    I read this in just over a day and found it to be engrossing. It had just enough drama to keep me guessing without getting repetitive or weighed down in details. I really enjoyed how the author threw in so many clues along the way that kept me guessing and wondering what would happen next.Lauren and Marissa were the best of friends until the sexy Lauren betrayed her in the worst of ways. Marissa does move on though and years later invites Lauren ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I've read all three of Banner's novels to date, but I have to say that After Nightfall is easily my favorite. Her books have that snappy feel of an oversized novella, meaning they are shorter reads that you can blow through in a single sitting, but she gives you all the details you want without weighing down the suspense with too many unnecessary thoughts. Her stories are suspenseful, compulsive, and insert the kind of drama that us Real Housewiv...
  • Shannon
    Thank you so much to AJ Banner for sending me a copy of After Nightfall. I flew through this in just a day! This doesn’t come out till August but after reading the description I knew I had to get to it first. Marissa and Lauren use to be besties. They grew up together and went to college together. After a betrayal that tore them apart they stopped talking to each other. Years went by until they spoke again. Lauren and her husband move in their ...
  • Sandeep ☾
    4/5 StarsMarissa Parlette is celebrating her engagement with her fiancé when she decides to invite the friend that had utterly betrayed her many years ago as a gesture of reconciliation. But only to find her battered, lifeless body found at the bottom of a rocky cliff after an awful night. Questions start arising, desperate to find answers Marissa digs deep into the events of the party and her love ones. This book was full of suspense, murder, s...
  • Kendall
    After Nightfall is a very quick and easy read! A.J Banner does an excellent job with casting doubt on all of her characters. I was questioning everyone in this book! Surprisingly with my detective skills, I didn't guess the murderer until the end! Yay to that :).How well do you know the people that are closest to you? How well do you really think you know your best friends? Would you be able to feel something if one of your closest friends was hi...
  • Amy
    4.5/5I’ve read and enjoyed all three of Banner’s books but I have to say, After Nightfall is my favorite to date. It’s the perfect summer mystery, it’s not too heavy and is on the shorter side making a quick read that you could devour poolside, yet it does have enough darkness and depth to give it some bite making it the ideal vacation read and yet another book I’m recommending you add to your summer TBR.I mentioned before that it’s o...
  • Monica
    Wow! Great story with plenty of unexpected twists! I really enjoyed all the characters and the fast pace.Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for an advanced readers copy.<\i>
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    My first AJ Banner book and absolutely not my last! The premise intrigued me tremendously when I read the summary and I'm glad I decided to read it, despite not being released for 4 more months! A backstabbing best friend, Lauren, is trying to worm her way back into Marissa's life, years after a terrible betrayal. When Marissa begins to let Lauren in a bit, Lauren turns up dead and Marissa finds her body! This book explores friendship and relatio...
  • Judy Collins
    Bestselling author, A.J. Banner returns following The Twilight Wife with her best yet—AFTER NIGHTFALL. 5 Stars ++ Top Books of 2018. Banner carefully conceals hidden motives and secrets to the startling conclusion. A well-written taut page-turning “whodunit”—hooks you from the first page and never lets up. An utterly mesmerizing twisty tale. Where everyone is a suspect— in this chilling and atmospheric psychological thriller. Banner ...
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review! Marissa has just gotten engaged to Nathan, and to celebrate, she hosts a dinner party hoping that it would hold a dual purpose- she can reconcile her relationships with her oldest friend, Lauren. However, as the night wears on and tensions mount, the night goes from bad to worse when Lauren’s body is found on the beach, battered and...
  • Shalini
    Who pushed Lauren off the cliff? An enjoyable whodunit where everyone is a suspect. Every character has a twisted character in their past spreading their wicked influence into the present. The line between good and bad wavers. The main character Marissa, once the best friend of Lauren, finds herself swaying from one secret to the other. My first book by author A. J. Banner, and the book captured me with easy prose, maintained tension, and a race ...
  • Linda Zagon
    ll” by A.J.Banner Lake Union Publishing. August 21,2018WOW!!! My head is actually spinning after reading “After Nightfall” by A.J. Banner. This is a captivating, intense, intriguing, enthralling, suspenseful and riveting novel!! A.J. Banner knows how to write that tense and on-edge story with her descriptions of the landscape and her characters. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller.The authors describes her...
  • Cassie
    First I want to thank netgalley and the author for allowing me to have an advanced copy for my kindle. I really enjoyed this book this was a serious who done it! Marissa is hosting her engagement party and she invited her friend she’s known since childhood Lauren . Lauren is married to jenson but during the whole party Lauren is flirting with marissas fiancée Nathan. The next morning Lauren is found dead at the bottom of the cliff and marissa ...
  • Donna Hines
    Captivating, Engrossing, and Thrilling! The newest novel by AJ Banner will surely have you second guessing and questioning everything you thought you knew!An engagement party should be a happy occasion but not when two families seemingly have deeper underlying issues that have gone unaddressed that's until now!When Anna the daughter of Nathan and Rianne starts showing behavioral and or mental issues they begin to question if perhaps stricter inte...
  • Bernadette
    Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC of After Nightfall by A.J. Banner in exchange for an honest review. I had trouble finishing this book, and put it down many times which I don't normally do with a novel that has been billed as a psychological thriller. The premise of the book was okay, but I would not call this novel thrilling. The mystery surrounds the death of Lauren who may have fallen, been pushed, or committed suicide after being found dead...
  • Mary Rasmussen
    Let me begin this review by thanking the author, publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this uncorrected proof. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity.The book starts out strong and introduces us to Marissa Parlette, who tells the story in the first person. She is hosting a dinner party for two other couples who have been invited to witness and celebrate Marissa’s engagement to the seemingly perfect, Nathan Black. Honestly, this was my...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Marissa and Nathan are surrounded by family and friends when they announce their engagement around the dinner table. Nathan's nine year old daughter Anna quickly heads to her room, phone in hand. Marissa's once best friend turned more acquaintance Lauren drunkenly flirts with Nathan while her husband Jensen looks on. Nathan's brother Keith and his wife Hedra offer their congratulations without much enthusiasm. All the dinner guests have a long hi...
  • Barbara
    The style likened back to the moody gothics that I used to read. A great who-dun-it. The cast of characters, Marissa (who is the voice of the novel), her boyfriend Nathan, their neighbors Jensen and Lauren Eklund, Keith and Hedra, Nathan's brother and his wife, and Riann and Anna, Nathan's ex-wife and daughter. You will find yourself following the clues and pointing a finger at each one in turn until you reach the very surprising end. Lots of plo...
  • Kelly
    I loved this book. Started it this morning and finished it in the afternoon. So good and very well written. To sum it up best: Friendship, Family, Secrets, Betrayal. Murder ! But who did it ? And a really unexpected twist at the end. This book is superb and I look forward to reading more books by this author ! If you choose this book, you will enjoy every minute spent reading it !
  • Julie's Bookshelf
    I think this is a good book that just wasn't for me.It's intriguing, even though I found it to be really way too draggy and chatty from the first pages. Makes for a hideous main character if you ask me, but that might be the appeal when it comes to this kind of stories.I mean it's about friends who you think you know but then starts thinking about it and...what do you really know...and more thoughts lead to new realizations...memories you'd forgo...
  • Liz Fenton
    I tore through the pages of After Nightfall, a masterful thriller that's twisty in the very best way. AJ Banner will keep you guessing until the final sentence, with an ending so shocking you’ll be gasping for breath.
  • Kerry
    Gripping and arresting! After Nightfall is a stellar psychological thriller. Banner had me second-guessing every character throughout the entire novel. I literally couldn’t figure out who’d done it until the reveal. And it was shocking. Love that!
  • Susan Peterson
    I was totally enthralled by this book from the first chapter. I loved the way this story unfolded, with each chapter giving us another unreliable character, another set of mysterious circumstances, keeping the reader guessing until the very end. There is such a mood to this book...dark and creepy....the weather and the setting in the woods adding their own broodiness to the story. Fast-paced, compelling, and unputdownable!
  • Elsa
    I love A.J. Banner's books. They creep me out just the right amount -- not too much and not too little! After Nightfall was terrific. I felt transported to that cliff, that night, that group of people with all of their hidden secrets...
  • Mandie
    This book was a desk suspenseful thriller, with lots of twists. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Thanks to NetGalley for sending me an ARC copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.